TRAVEL COMMITTEE

To be returned to Room G9, Registrar's Corridor, South Wing,
     Main Building - by 12pm Friday 13 December 2002

1. Names, course of study and relevant experience

Lewis Miller, PhD (yr 1) “Assessing the Social and Economic Value of
Earth Observation Data.” Holding an ESRC CASE studentship in
association with the British National Space Centre, supervised by Prof.
Ray Harris of UCL Geography. Although Mr. Mark Deeley will
accompany me on the expedition, he has no current affiliation with
UCL. Funding is therefore sought only for Mr. Miller.

In terms of personal experience, I have travelled widely throughout
Europe. I have also undertaken individual travel using public transport
(mostly railways and coaches) within Eastern and Southern Europe.
For my BSc dissertation I organised and successfully completed (with a
research assistant) a 14-day overland expedition to conduct an
accurate GPS survey of wildfires within the Peloponnesian peninsular
of Greece. We hiked and used motorcycles to accomplish this work.

I have been riding motorcycles without accident for over five years in
London, and have ridden abroad many times, mostly to France (where
my parents live for 6 months per year) and Spain. My hobbies include
cycle racing and off-road motorcycling in the UK, and I am keen on
“green-laning” (exploring ancient unsurfaced byways and trails in areas
such as Dartmoor, Salisbury Plain and the Isle of Wight). I also worked
full-time for a year as a courier in Central London, and so I feel my
skills as a motorcyclist are up to the task.

I have already utilised my personal strengths of problem solving and
organisation in planning the expedition. The preparation of the
vehicles is of fundamental importance to any desert expedition, and
this is where most attention has so far been focussed. Other areas of
interest include personal development training, and the investigation of
advanced medical and mechanical courses. My interpersonal skills
have helped to arrange valuable industrial sponsorship from four key
sources: a motorcycle dealership in London, a major courier company,
a biking magazine, and an international luggage manufacturer.
2. Destination

We aim to leave London, to return 4 months later after completely
circumnavigating the Mediterranean Basin. This will be achieved by
travelling via:

            •   UK                   •   Egypt (from Libya)
            •   France               •   Jordan
            •   Spain                •   Syria
            •   Portugal             •   Turkey
            •   Spain                •   Bulgaria
            •   Morocco              •   Croatia
            •   Algeria *            •   Switzerland
            •   Tunisia              •   France
            •   Libya *              •   UK

* - Political instability in some regions may make travel problematic, but
contingency plans are in place to avoid either or both of these regions,
depending on recent rebel activity and FCO advice.

3. Date of departure and duration

The date of departure is set for 20th June 2003. The expedition will end in
London before November 2003 (although we can cut the expedition short via
Tunis or Alexandria in the case of accident or unexpected and terminal

4. Summary of objectives

   •   To investigate themes of cultural continuity and change around
       the Mediterranean.
   •   To document environmental continuity and change.
   •   To raise money for Riders For Health (
   •   To raise the profile of Riders For Health through the media.
   •   To produce an information-rich web page and photo-journal.
   •   To successfully ride around the Mediterranean Basin, overland.
   •   To effectively plan and execute an independent vehicular
       expedition into the Northern Sahara.
   •   To experience life without the resources taken for granted in
       Western Europe.

5. Brief outline of method of travel, route and type of accommodation

We will travel by off-road motorcycle. I will use a 1990 Yamaha
XT600Z Ténéré, heavily modified for the expedition. The bike (with
aluminium luggage) is seen overleaf. Although the average speed of
the expedition will typically be low, approximately 70% of travel will be
off-road and overland, sometimes in the absence of marked trails.
From the UK we will ride south, via France, Spain and Portugal, to
Algeciras, where a well-established contact can provide maintenance if
necessary, and the appropriate tyres for Saharan use. From there, we
will take the ferry to Ceuta (a Spanish enclave) in northern Morocco,
and cross the border, driving east through Chechaguene and Oujda to

Despite recent political troubles, we intend to cross Algeria via
Mascara, Djelfa and Biskra. Military convoys are arranged in this area
during times of bandit activity.

Crossing the border, we will head for Tunis, where we will travel south,
via Hammamet, Kairouan, and Tataouine.
                          Entering Libya (probably via Nalut), a
                          government-assigned route will be taken to
                          the Egyptian border at As Sallûm, where we
                          will follow the coast, travelling through
                          desert towards the port of Alexandria and
                          the Nile Delta. This will be the venue for
                          maintenance, and a possible return home in
                          the event of unassailable problems (or
                          escalating difficulties in Iraq and the Middle

                          Crossing the Red Sea via the small ferry at
                          B’ir Tãbã - Al’Aquaba, we will enter Jordan
                          and bypass the town of Ma’An, passing
                          through to Syria via Al-Mafraq.         As-
                          Suwaydã provides a stopover in the Syrian
                          Desert before continuing north through
                          Aleppo to Turkey via the border control at

A stopover in Istanbul (after following a route
through Konya and Ayfun) provides an
opportunity to perform more maintenance
before returning home via Bulgaria, Croatia,
Austria and Switzerland.      For more route
information, please do not hesitate to contact
Lewis Miller (
6. From whom has political permission, if any, been obtained?

Political permission, in the form of transit visas, will be sought for
Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Jordan and Syria. All other nations do not
require visas for entry. A customs Carnet will be obtained via the RAC
prior to departure (to indemnify against temporary import duty) and all
medical certification (against Yellow Fever, for example) will be sought.
The departure date means that both visa applications and medical
cover cannot be arranged for several months.

7. Breakdown of cost under main headings

   General              Specific                           Cost (GBP)
   Bike Prep.           Bike (stock, purchased 03/02)      1600
                        Luggage (Aluminium)                350
                        Spares (spokes/cables/filters)     150
                        Tyres (Michelin Deserts)           180pr.
                        Navigation (GPS + mount)           400
                        Carriage of fluids (2x 20L)        30
                        Fabrication (chassis welding)      220
                        Wheelbuilding (respoke rear)       160
                        Cockpit / electrical               150
   Personal             MX body armour / helmet            250
                        Medical Expense (kit/training)     360
                        Personal Insurance                 40/mnth
                        PDA + Dig. Camera                  325
                        Camping Equipment                  200
                        Miscellaneous                      100
   Administrative       Visa (Algeria)                     60 ($100 US)
                        Visa (Libya)                       75
                        Visa (Tunisia)                     25
                        Guide (compulsory)                 120 (8 days)
                        Carnet de Passage                  TBC
                        Ferry tickets, tolls               400
                        Fuel / Water / oil                 TBC
                        Food and Accommodation             TBC
                        Sundries / Unexpected costs        TBC
   TOTAL:                                                  ~5000+

8. Estimated total cost of travel

The entire trip, including bike purchase and all preparation will cost more than
£5000, although a significant proportion of this cost is invested in non-
disposable assets such as equipment, electronics and vehicles. A large
proportion of this amount has also been personally raised and invested in the
expedition by me (I have purchased the bike, luggage, and other equipment).

It is expected that an additional £2000 can be raised for charity (through
sponsorship on a £/mile basis from friends, colleagues and the general
    public). Publications, such as articles and reports will be submitted free of
    charge to RGS and Riders for Health, and a website will be maintained for the
    dissemination of information during and after the expedition. Subsequent
    publications in the motorcycling press and newspapers will be charged as
    unsolicited submissions, but all sponsors will be duly credited, and all
    proceeds will be for charity.

    9. Amount of individual contribution

    All costs outlined above apply only to Mr. Miller. Mr. Deeley will pay all costs
    associated with his participation. Costs will be split 50/50 between the riders
    when applicable (for food or shelter en route, for example). None of the
    sponsorship raised for Riders for Health shall be used to cover personal costs
    – we are aiming for 100% contribution. In this respect, most industrial /
    commercial sponsors are providing aid in the form of free goods and services,
    rather than financial contributions.

    I have been personally absorbing the cost of bike preparation so far, and will
    continue to pay what I can, in order to maximise the donation to Riders for
    Health. The expedition shall not be profit-making in any way, and all goods
    and services provided will be accounted for. In addition, costs during the trip
    will be closely monitored and electronically stored in a daily journal (PDA-

    10. To what other organisations have you applied for financial support? State
        amount of grant awarded or promised, where applicable

•     AllBike Engineering:     Free Goods and Services.
•     AquaPac:                 Free Goods and Services, Advertising, PR.
•     Bandit Bikes:            Free Goods and Services + small grant (TBC)
•     Cyclone Courier Co:      Logistical Support, Advertising, Web Hosting.
•     “LondonBiker”
•     Riders Digest:           Publicity, Press Release, Goods and Services.
•     Riders for Health:       Publicity, Logistics, Planning, and Advisory.
•           Donations to Riders for Health

    Signature:                        Date: Monday 9th December 2002

    Department: Geography             Email:

               A Circuit of the Arid Mediterranean by Motorcycle

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